Graffiti low priority in San Francisco, some graffiti legal in Brazil
Brazil has legalized certain types of graffiti (plus it’s even being taught in schools):
Last week a law was passed in Brazil legalizing graffiti. But this doesn’t mean exactly what you may think. In Brazil, “graffiti” (grafite in Portuguese) refers not so much to the entire hip hop tradition of writing, but more specifically to colorful pieces, characters, abstractions, and other painted street art. In everyday speech, it’s often contrasted against pichação, which is Brazil’s home-grown style of tagging, so named because its first practicioners used tar (piche) stolen from construction sites. The semantic distinction echoes a sentiment I often hear here in the US: “I like the artistic stuff, but not, you know, those ugly scribbles.”
This distinction is part of what’s being put into law. What’s interesting about this law is that it appears to recognize the artistic and cultural value of the graffiti itself, not just the monetary value of the property it’s painted on. How will this play out in practice, I wonder?
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Meanwhile, San Francisco has made it a low priority.
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It’s open source, and you can build it yourself.
Urban Safaris: Graffiti Sites Considered for Heritage Protection
Australia’s National Trust and Heritage Victoria are both supporting a move to protect the city’s graffiti, but some local council groups say this would just give a green light to vandals.
With the idea of graffiti as an art form in its own right gaining momentum locally and abroad, the National Trust has been considering its protection since 1999.
The Trust’s cultural heritage manager, Tracey Avery, says the protection of Melbourne’s graffiti will be debated at next week’s international conference on intangible heritage.
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